Fabulous Galtres Festival has bands to suit all tastes, including some of our own

Big on bands: Galtres Festival includes The Stranglers (above), Maia from Huddersfield (middle) and Hope and Social  - picture by Barnaby Aldrick
Big on bands: Galtres Festival includes The Stranglers (above), Maia from Huddersfield (middle) and Hope and Social - picture by Barnaby Aldrick

High-flying bands from West Yorkshire are to join established stars at a major music festival later this month.

Maia, from Huddersfield, who have played at the Trades Club at Hebden Bridge, will be among those playing at Galtres Festival.



Other bands that regularly play in and around Halifax, including Rook and The Ravens from Manchester and six-piece Leeds rock band Hope & Social, are also on the bill.

The Stranglers are confirmed to headline the annual music festival on Sunday, August 25, closing the three-day event at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire.

More than 100 bands on seven stages will play Galtres Festival, which last year was nominated for six UK Festival Awards.

Scoring 24 UK top 40 singles, and 18 UK top 40 albums to date in a career spanning four decades, the Stranglers are the longest-surviving and most continuously successful band to have originated in the UK punk scene of the mid to late 1970s.

Hope and Social rock band from Leeds

Hope and Social rock band from Leeds

Their legendary hits include Peaches, No More Heroes, Five Minutes, Duchess, Something Better Change, Always The Sun, Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep among many others.

Festival director James Houston said: “This is a major coup for us. The Stranglers have stood the test of time brilliantly, with outstanding recent festival performances and a new album building on their extraordinary success over four decades.

“They are legends, we’ve always dreamed of booking them, and now they are coming. It will be a fabulous end to this year’s festival at our spectacular new home.”

Others due to appear over the weekend include Nick Harper, The Travelling Band, Reef, Maximo Park, The Undertones, Frankie & The Heartstrings and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

With just two weeks to go before the festival kicks off, organisers have planned new venues and stages for this year’s spectacular.

The Firkin Stage is moving back into the main beer marquee where, as its name suggests, it first appeared and will host a fine array of musicians.

Other new venues and stages include the Starshade - a large covered area in the centre of the arena solely for eaters and drinkers to get some shelter from the sun, and also the exciting new Galleon Stage moored in the pirate village.

This year Galtres is switching to an innovative new e-payment system, and is making history in doing so by becoming the first UK independent festival to go 100 per cent cashless.

Festival-goers will be able to order one or more cards and load them with credit before they arrive, or at the festival.

They will be able to top it up as often as they like andspend their credit on food, drink, rides, merchandise and other purchases.

Galtres Festival has joined the Green Festival Alliance and through this will be working with other festival organisers and suppliers on reducing the event’s carbon footprint.

For ticket information visit www.galtresfestival.org.uk